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#1: Homemade Trail Mix
Make your own crunchy concoction by combining dried fruit, whole-grain pretzels, nuts and dark chocolate chips. Calories typically average about 175 per ¼ cup but the calories are coming from good-quality ingredients. You can keep portions in check by measuring out ¼ cup and packing into individual bags ahead of time.
#2: Snack Bar
Typically made with a combo of whole grains, nuts, seeds and dried fruit, snack bars are good to grab in-between meals to curb hunger. Look for bars that contain no more than 200 calories each.
#3: Freeze-Dried Fruit
Freeze-dried fruits are becoming very popular and offer a convenient way to snack on a variety of fruits. Among the popular brands:
This whole-grain snack has 35 calories per freshly popped cup. Flavor it simply with spices and kosher salt or try one of the recipes below. Portion out 2 to 3 cups of popcorn into individual snack bags.
Recipes to try:
#5: Nut Butters
Squeeze or spoon peanut or almond butter on whole-grain crackers or fresh fruit for a satisfying protein filled snack. Here are a few to try:
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Posted by FN Dish Editor
30th March, 2014